Suzy & Gary, Breedon Priory Church / Thrumpton Hall wedding photography

Great to be back at the gorgeous Thrumpton Hall and the very windy Breedon Priory Church for Suzy and Gary’s wedding.

Scroll down to see photos from the day, but before that here’s a photo taken during the wedding speeches that I love simply because it that sums up exactly what I’m looking for when I’m shooting a wedding, real emotion, timing and discretion.

As the groom Gary did his speech I knew Suzy’s mum Joan who had passed away 24 years ago would be remembered.  I was already in a good position just to the side of the top table and I noticed Suzy lean in towards her dad Brian, and then Ben closed into hug his mum, at this moment there is a strong temptation to rattle off shots but I held off.  Their heads came together, Brian closed his eyes remembering his wife, and I had the shot.
I took four frames not forty in this sequence, thats all that was needed.  It sounds simple but knowing when NOT to press the shutter is just as important as knowing when to.

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Andrew Billington - Great work Darren – what a fantastic looking day 🙂

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wedding photography 2013 review

So just before my 2014 weddings kick off, here are a few photos (well quite a lot actually) from last year.

During 2013 I photographed weddings at lots of my regular venues such as Stubton Hall and Langley Priory, visited some fabulous new ones like Hartington Hall on the edge of the Peak Distict and Ragley Hall in Warwickshire and sadly due to closure, I shot my last wedding at my favourite place, Sutton Bonington Hall.
A massive thank you to the whole class of 2013 who provided plenty of laughter, tears, nervous brides and grooms, gorgeous sunset silhouettes, Cliff Richard masks and not forgetting wedding Tug O’ War.

Oh and I got to shoot a wedding in Sorrento in Italy which was nice.
Cheers 2013


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Andrew Billington - Very nice Darren – some really beautiful images and fantastic moments captured here 🙂